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Sunday, 18 May 2008 02:21
The QDMA REACH Program
REACH is an aggressive national education and outreach program from the Quality Deer Management Association that benefits hunters, landowners and deer managers in several ways. REACH is the acronym for Research, Educate, Advocate, Certify and Hunt. The program specifically addresses all of the QDMA's core mission elements:
- Research – Fund whitetail research projects related to Quality Deer Management.
- Educate – Expand educational activities for QDMA members and the general public.
- Advocate – Increase the QDMA's involvement in whitetail hunting and management issues.
- Certify – The QDMA's individual and property QDM certification programs.
- Hunt – The QDMA's National Mentoring and Hunting program.
Kip Adams – Certified Wildlife Biologist Kip Adams is the QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach/Northern U.S., coordinating the REACH program in that region.
A Pennsylvania native, Adams is a 1992 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. In 1995, he earned a Master's Degree in Wildlife from the University of New Hampshire.
Prior to joining the QDMA as Northeast Regional Director in 2002, Adams worked as a wildlife biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and as Deer and Bear Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Click here to contact Kip Adams.
Joe Hamilton – Certified Wildlife Biologist and QDMA Founder Joe Hamilton is the QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach/Southern U.S., coordinating the REACH program in that region.
A native of Elizabethtown, N.C., Hamilton holds a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Georgia's School of Forest Resources. Hamilton joined the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in 1979 as Deer Research Biologist. He became Assistant Regional Wildlife Biologist in 1985, a position he held until 1997. Hamilton joined Ducks Unlimited in 1997 as Manager of DU's Lowcountry Initiative in South Carolina. From February 2001 until joining QDMA full-time, Hamilton served as the ACE Basin & South Lowcountry Project Director for The Nature Conservancy's South Carolina Chapter. In this role, Hamilton focused on land conservation through acquisition of critical natural areas and the protection of private property through perpetual conservation easements.
The Deer Committee of the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society honored Hamilton in 2000 with its Deer Management Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to deer management in the southeastern U.S. He is the fifth of only seven all-time honorees. Click here to contact Joe Hamilton.
Information on the QDMA REACH Program is available from the QDMA National Headquarters and from the Directors:
QDMA National Headquarters: (800) 209-3337
Kip Adams: (814) 326-4023 or email
Joe Hamilton: (843) 844-8616 or email
Click here to learn more about the QDMA.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2008 12:49